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They said its the best of the best and I was wondering what you thought of it. I had been using Lebenswert Stage 1. Roughly when in February? However, in May , Douwe Egberts launched a new aluminium capsule, after Nespresso lost their exclusivity. I see your updated list, but curious about your thoughts on the Munchkin Grassfed formulas.

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This page was last edited on 4 September , at By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Or did I just order the old version? My wife did not breast feed either of our daughters. Browns bottles were also used. We had no problems ever and our daughters were almost never sick. I too called the manufacturer and then the labs where the ingredients were sourced.

This was the best I could find and the results speak for themselves. I ordered some Holle Goat Formula 2 from Organicmunchkin and had a few questions. I posted them on the website and the owner Peter got right back to me within minutes. Also, they offer free 2 days shipping?

This kind of customer service seems almost too good to be true. Have you had recent experience with this company? My newborn baby had bad colick n gas screamed for hours. Also when do you think is the best healthiest time to start fully giving your baby organic whole milk? Can you still give formula over a year? Anyways I recommend people to use hipps ready to go liquid formula in the first 3 months it seems more gentle and easier to digest.

I hope holle lebenswert comes out with a ready made liquid one! I am so so sad. Just discovered them and tried it out. Waiting for my shipment to arrive and hoping my son will do well on it.

Hoping you find something that works for your baby! Your site was extremely helpful in a stressful and difficult time! What are your thoughts? Also, it seems the new whey formula is promising do you think I should switch?

My daughter is 6 months now and has been only the Dairy version since she was a few weeks old. Would love your thoughts on Plum Organics Infant Formula: My son has struggled with gaining weight since birth, but I continued to breastfeed.

At his 4 month check up; however, his head circumference and weight took a dive and the doctor said it was time for formula. I wanted to bring to light something else I felt was very important to watch out for in baby formula; aluminum. Unfortunately we have to choose from a lesser of two evils. Here is the source http: I noticed the plum organically baby formula today.

Have you looked at it? The first ingredient is organic lactose. We are needing to supplement our 11 week old for weight gain. My daughter has been EBF and is 6 months old, I want to keep some formula at home as backup incase I fall short on pumping at work. Thanks for your kind words! So psyched to have found out about it. So for example, shelf life testing, bacterial contaminant testing, contaminants in sourced ingredients, running through a metal detector.. I would just feel too nervous about feeding it as a sole source of nutrition.

Someone had sent me a picture of the farms they use milk from and it was like 20 cows operation, very human and manageable compare to what we have here. I have twin infants that use formula. They are currently on enfamil but have terrible tummy pain. Is there a formula that you would recommend for them? Hi, I enjoy reading your blog and it has helped me choose wisely when it comes to feeding my baby.

Did you happen to see the lawsuit regarding: I have a lot of family members who give me hard time about feeding my baby organic and they are always trying to find something that I use against me- so I know this will be one of them.

Yes, Plum formula seems like a great option. But on the whole, I would call this Good Stuff;. Ive asked this lady here, the website about the hexane issue. She answered me via Facebook and told me that Plum seems to be honest about how they obtain their DHA. So basically its a safer method. Im using Plum Organics when Im not using Lebenswert stage 1. To sum it up, Plum Organics is the way to go regarding U.

Thank you so much for this-very helpful! Any thoughts on that one? This is the only downside to this formula. I was curious if you have any thoughts on Plum Organics baby formula? I was able to breastfeed with my first off and on for about 10 months. I am currently pregnant with my second, and while I plan to breastfeed I want to have a back up choice we feel comfortable with. We used honest company with my first. My 7 month old has eczema and an allergy test just came back positive for dairy, eggs and peanuts.

So, we are putting him on a formula while I can eliminate any of these out of my milk. I am trying to also find a formula with out coconut as the doctor said the peanut sensitivity could extend to coconut and indeed when I put coconut oil on his legs, he has a flare up.

DO you know of any organic, non-dairy that do not have coconut? Im kind of thinking about eventually switching to Hipp when my baby gets older but the high aluminum levels incident scares me! Can you maybe look further into this and update your formula blog? I noticed on the Hipp USA site it talks about what happened with the high aluminum study and insists that the formula is still safe for consumption.

When I do more formula research, I will look into it. I have recently transitioned my 8 month old to formula and decided to go with Holle. I just want to make sure both companies can be relied upon as far as authenticity and quality of the product….

Both companies are legit. I would feel completely comfortable ordering from OM if it were my baby! Loved your article and very informative. We think he has a dairy intolerance because he has really bad eczema. Out of all the formulas you mentioned are there any hypoallergenic?

HiPP makes a hypoallergenic version, yes. Hello, Have you made any research on the new Gerber Nes formula in pods or heard anything about it? They dont disclaim any of the ingredientes in their website so i wonder whether anybody knows if this is a good quality formula? All I see at first glance is so much plastic!

After doing loads of research, I decided to go with Holle Goats Milk 1 as a supplement for my 5 month old daughter unfortunately, I had to return to work and I respond poorly to the pump. I worry because I have read about palm oil and gut issues. Secondly, does anyone have experience with http: I placed an order there to check it out and my formula arrived in perfect condition, proper batch numbers, exp date in december , 4 boxes to a sealed carton, everything in German as it should be and I also received samples of holle porridges and coupons.

I am worried that I am missing something. Nope your not missing anything. People are just weary in general. Nothing different from the U. I love their free samples too, extra nice of them. Hi again, My daughter was on Holle Stage 1 for her first few months then we switched to Lebenswert Stage 1. She took to both formulas very well! We switched simply because of the maltodextrin. Any thoughts on which one to go with Holle2 or Lebenswert2? Or for that matter would you recommend another brand altogether for Stage 2 formula?

As far as I can tell, Holle and Lebenswert Stage 2 are identical. Some people choose to just keep their babies on Stage 1 Lebenswert—you could ask your pediatrician. Thank you for your response! Can I have your thoughts on Vermont Organic formula? I am an exclusive pumping momma who is slowly losing her supply and struggling between similac organic or honest company organic, with the recent lawsuit I am not sure what to do.

It has plant-based sweeteners rather than lactose which more closely resembles human breast milk. Great article and comments. I am adopting a newborn in September and the only known health issue of the birth mom is lactose intolerance which affects her whole family. So we would like to be ready for that assuming the child will also be intolerant.

I have finally gotten it in check thanks to a very controlled diet without dairy, soy or gluten so I am very conscientious that you are what you eat and it can affect you long term.

Is there a dairy-free low soy option or should we look at goats milk? Again, as your pedi: So that adoption fell through but we did end up adopting a sweet baby boy in July who was quite a bit premature and in the nicu for a month. Are there any full fat suggestions? Hi Maia, I have to start supplementing my baby with formula and I have been stressing about which to go with.

I was so happy to stumble upon your website a month and half ago while searching for a new formula for my baby because she was suffering and I was in desperate need to find something good for her.

When i found out how bad Similac and Enfamil where I felt so bad that I had been giving her both of them and understood why she was being extra fuzzy and having these diaper explosions. Shes been now taking it ever since and loves it. But she recently started having some minor constipation. I read from you here that you have also heard that. So yesterday I decided to order her Stage 1 Lebenswert even though it has lactose I wanted to give it a try since European cows are obviously better than American ones and I also bought a box of the Holle 1 Goats Milk just in case the lactose in Lebenswert still gives her minor constipation.

That was my only thing. Do you have any information on the Plum Organics Formula. I recently switched my infant from Honest Company to Plum Organics as it seems comparable, but sligthly superior due to the fact that it lacks any corn syrup or glucose syrup solids.

The only other major difference between the two is that Honest has taken DHA out of their formula and sells it as a separate supplement and the Plum still contains DHA. I was just wondering what your opinion is regarding the Plum Organics. Hopefully this was a good switch? I think this was indeed a good switch. I finally received Lebenswert 1 from Organic Munchkin and my baby has been drinking it for about a week now and man its been incredible.

She has made a complete and is so different, much happier. But this formula has just been a blessing I am so happy I did the research that brought me to you and then Organic Munchkin. She looked up the formula while we where there and looked at our baby and was like wow this is really good stuff you are very lucky to have the parents you have. She definitely said she would recommend it from now on. I like Plum and lebenswert but both contain Palm oil.

Our ped did not recommend. Google what I mentioned earlier and you will see. You can also google FDA infant formula and see what the requirements are. Holle is best, then plum, then earths best.

Hi Maia- This is such helpful information! Would love your insight! Have you heard of either? I used to buy from Organic Munchkin…but the formula is kinda of expensive from them. Awesome totally recommend them. I just saw that HiPP Organic now has soy. At least, their Follow On Milk one. Would you consider this unsafe now? Have you ever reviewed Topfer Pre? We started feeding our 3 month old Lebenswert which she is doing great on, but I had been concerned about the DHA because our pediatrician told us to get formula that has it.

So I have been trying to supplement with the Honest Co. The only downside is the maltodextrin. Hi Maia, Would love your opinion: We are trying to decide between Holle Stage 2 and Topfer for our 6 month old. And yeah it was hard at first to give to my baby in the dropper but mixing it with her formula has gotten easier. I have been doing some research on both of those companies…. Plum Organics is new on the market and is Good Stuff: I want to know abt Bellamy as here it is the only organic formula available.

Should the DHA extraction method be a concern or the fact that it does contain soy and palm soil? For that reason, I want to choose Plum but am looking for your advice compared to the other options available in the US. When will your review be ready? I need to transition my baby to a stage 2 formula, she has been on Holle Stage 1 since birth, and we are trying to choose a follow up. We have been buying from Organicmunchkin.

Bulk pricing, FAST delivery, friendly service. Thank you for this informative and helpful breakdown of formulas. I have 8 month old twins and at this point they are getting half formula and half breastmilk because of my supply. I have been reading some UK studies drawing attention to dangerous levels of aluminum in infant formulas like Hipp because of the packaging. I was wondering if you had any insight or opinions on this.

You can see what HiPP has to say on the issue here: I check it for everything my family uses now. I try very hard to research what I use for my family, especially for my 4 month old daughter. What are your thoughts on this? I just wanted to know your thoughts. On a side note, my so lives in Austria and we attempted to have him ship the Lebenswert just for her personal use, and it was a bust.

Hi, has anyone heared of milywayorganics. They sell all 3 German formulas. I have asked for a purchase proof and I received an invoice from Netherlands. I was talking to a guy from the company on Facebook messanger and he explained everything to me, but still, did anyone checked it?

As for Plum vs. I started off with enfamil, similac and enfamil gentleness which he hated. I wondering can that happen with organic formula to. I live in South America, my baby always fed Holle Lebenswert and breast milk, more of the former , which we get from Germany, I travelled to the US and had to extend my travel by 4 days, although I had taken an extra box, he finished all of the formula 3 days before we got home.

He simply hated it, The formula smelled a bit like fish, I tasted it, the taste was unbelievably unbearable — gross, tasted like smelly fish, really terrible. He would not budge, he kept spitting it out, he is 4. Your blog is very helpful and thank you. His pediatrician wants me to switch him to an infant formula because of the iron, calcium and phosphorus level.

What do you think? Hi my son is a month old and seems to have a milk allergy. He was on Nutramagin and we saw small bits of red blood in his poop twice. Our Doctor changed us to similac altumitum and I am concerned about the corn syrup etc. I have though about goat milk? HiPP also makes a hypoallergenic formula called Combiotik. I am going to try it but was wondering if you have any info or comments. Yes, it is marketed for toddlers, but I do know people who give it to their newborns.

At first glance, it looks to be very similar to Holle. Hi — I started ordering Holle 1 from a site called beyond organic baby. I am not sure where I got the website from.

Do you know the site and would you recommend? Their products are directly shipped from France. Plum Organics appears to be better than Honest, which is better than the other available options. But as you noted, DHA is extracted from Hexane but is it still better to have that downside than the other downside the other options have? Yes, I agree with your assessment and ranking of the formulas. But some pediatricians are really not into goat milk formula.

I would ask yours. Hi, Thanks for this website and all of the comments. As a new mom researching formula has been a challenge. There are so many out there and I just want to feed my daughter the best. I wanted to breastfeed her for a year, but she had trouble latching on. I started out with the free samples the hospital gave me of Enfamil for Supplementation until I started to do more research. Until I found this website.

If not then how would you rank it against Plum Organics? And I do need to update that Safe Product Guide. Please note that the Sensitive formula lists corn syrup solids as the very first ingredient.

Wanted your input on kabrita goat milk formula. My son is 13 months old and has been weaned onto organic whole milk but I want something with more nutrients and vitamins. I love your blog and really value your opinion and insight!

I like that Kabrita uses non-GMO goat milk and has lactose as the primary added carbohydrate. Kabrita forgoes the most concerning preservatives and most synthetic nutrients they do add L-carninite and taurine. Overall, yes, I like Kabrita: What does that mean? My baby will be four months in five days and i unfortunately need to supplement the majority of his milk with formula.

He will only be getting oz of breast milk per day until six months when it will be all formula. Hi I was wondering when you will be posting your blog on goats milk formula? Would really love your feedback. But really both are great options. Hi Maia I was wondering if you could please help me out. I had to start supplementing because of low milk supply.

My son will get 1 to 2 bottles of formula a day and the rest breastmilk. I loved the pure ingredients and heard goats milk can be easier to digest but I am having a terrible time with my baby getting constipated from it even more so.

We added some extra water as the owner said some babies do get constipated with the transition but it has not helped. He never had this problem before when he was just on breastmilk and he is such a happy,content baby I hate to see him struggling and in pain to have a bowel movement and some days he will go without any. My question is do you know of a formula that babies have done better on who tend to get constipated from formula?

Any input would help. I am working as a content writer , so your articles will help me to write my next project. I am printing this page. Regards Zuly Zonova Owner of http: I love people with no tangible credentials telling others how to make choices based on non-facts.

Moreover, criticizing other people whose studies do not fall into their beliefs. Some many people have become sheep to the public view with no real knowledge. So afraid that their choice will be criticized as wrong or even the mere idea that it is not actually best, that they recoil with a barrage of non-facts to scare off any doubters.

Time to wake up. Breast is best people always run to the Antibodies right off the bat. Fact — the baby gets most antibodies from the placenta. The antibodies from breast milk are Never passed into the blood at all and the actual benefits are overstated. Fact — the mothers health is not a perfect science.

Whatever is being taken in by the mother is likely going to be passed on to the newborn. There is no firm science on how long alcohol stays in the breast milk, nor medications, nor recreational drugs.

The reality is that almost anything a mother puts in her body while breast feeding has a chance of making it into the newborn child. Fact — this is not the same formula from years ago. Over the last years there have been many advancements in both the contents of formula and the varieties available. I am not a pro formula person per-say. My wife breast fed both children, but she got mastitis and could not feed my youngest well.

I was formula fed and have done numerous tours overseas, never get sick, and feel like I hang with the most intelligent people out there. I am not an expert, but I have read the studies. Some UK publications have gone further to state that it is of no benefit at all. The truth is in the eye of the beholder. Question, you mention the Similac Organic ready-to-use contains carrageenan, does this also apply to their powdered formula?

Would you recommend it? Thank you for this! A helpful collection of the top formulas I was researching. My baby has been EBF now at 8months old, with solids started at 5. I will continue to breastfeed as long as I can, so this is just for supplementation, and he gets tons of great homemade purees. I was feeding babys only whey to my almost 7 month old, but have recently seen you think plum is better.. I love reading this site daily!! Thanks for your kind words: Thanks to your page I was able to find the best option possible for my baby since my milk dried up.

We buy it from Organic Munchkin and they have been wonderful. They are now advertising a new formula that they have just been able to import, Topfer brand. They said its the best of the best and I was wondering what you thought of it. My little one will be 6 mo in Oct so we will be changing to stage 2 soon and I was thinking of making the switch, but was wondering about your input. Thanks for everything, you are my go-to site for all my baby needs. I have changed so many things for the better thanks to you.

Hi Maia First off, I am so, so appreciative of all of the information on this website. From everything that I have read it sounds like Lebenswert is the best. Thanks for your input! Thank you so much for posting this information! I was able to breastfeed my first baby 12 months and bypassed formula completely, but my supply is dropping at 9 months with baby number two, and I had no idea where to start on what to look for, and not a lot of time to spend researching.

That link to the report on DHA was very enlightening and infuriating. Ugh, such great information but so hard to make the right AND economical choice. Both of my boys fell into danger around 3 months exclusively breastfed, amidst a plethora of feeding problems both on their end and mine, and we had to resort to formula both times. I have an order of 6 cans coming in tomorrow! This is a toss-up. Which would be better: Anyone know how long the shipping times are?

For this reason, I am heavily leaning towards the Holle Goat. Sorry- I answered my own question. This would put it into Sneaky Stuff, I assume. You should definitely check with your pediatrician, but if it were my baby and was doing well on goat formula, I would porbably try Holle or Kabrita. I did look into these. It also contains glucose syrup solids. My source was the main Kabrita website.

I also wondered if you knew what type of starch corn, wheat, potato and if the added lactose is dairy-based in the Holle and HIPP formulas. What do you think of Pure Bliss by Similac? It contains lactose as the sweetener, which is a happy surprise: Thank you so much in advance for your help!

Meanwhile, before I started researching any of this I gave my own son regular old Enfamil when he was an infant! Thank you Maia, I appreciate it!! Also, soy is terrible for anyone, including children.

It has been proven just google it to cause reproductive issues because of its estrogen content, among other things.. Babies have to eat. She was on Enfamil for her first 4 days while we were in the hospital and seemed to do OK on that but we wanted to switch her to something more Organic at home.

The doctor said not to worry yet but we were wondering if you have any suggestions for how to proceed. Should we 1 Ride it out for a while longer to see if she adjusts 2 Change to another formula like Honest or 3 Try to add something to the formula like a probiotic to see if that help. Heard that she may be to young to add a probiotic to the formula though. Any advice you can offer would be great. I do know that constipation is really normal at her age—even among breastfed babies.

If it were my baby I might try experimenting with another Good Stuff formula—Kabrita and Plum Organics are two that you could run by your pediatrician: Hello everyone, If anyone is looking to try Holle Stage 1… I have one box that I purchased thru organic munchkin if you want at no charge. I transitioned my LO to Lebenswert a while ago and did not realize I had a box of Holle stage 1 left. He saw all sorts of specialists including neurologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, and list goes on.

We still do not have answers on the cause. He did very well at first and I was so happy with the formula. First signs showed soon after: These symptoms seem pretty benign and common his pediatrician was not worried. He has been on low calcium formula since. Even their online comparison charts show the level of calcium is way higher than other formula and even breast milk. I was shocked to read another baby had similar story like mine due to hypercalcemia on same formula.

That mother was told by the doctors that it was due to the formula. My gut was right. The address and the company was bogus as the package came right back to me since no one was there to claim the package even after I let the vendor know I was shipping it back since he never followed upon his word to send me a rerun shipping label since no one has ever requested to ship back.

I looked up the address on Google and it was some apartment complex. We need to have this conversation with our kids doctors and go based on solid evidence based science and recommendations.

Thanks for the info. I hope your LO gets well soon. What do you think about the new Similac formulas, Pro-Advance and Pro-Sensitive, that were just introduced which contain a prebiotic claimed to be like those found in breast milk?

Thanks for the really in-depth article! It is super helpful as we are needing to switch over to formula. My son had some pretty intense medical issues recently and developed issues with breastfeeding, so we are needing to supplement to help him gain weight.

This was in part because it seemed a little better than some of the others, and also the convenience as it is sold at our local store. My question is, you mentioned that this formula contains carrageenan? Is there another name it is hiding under? Or what about Plum Organics? Any help is appreciated. First ingredient is brown rice syrup instead of milk!

Contains Taurine likely processed with sulfuric acid and aziridine , and soybean oil! After a few other formulas which were not so great, my baby has been having it since he was an infant and he is very happy and healthy! Are there any ready-to-made formulas that would be acceptable other than the European brands?

Hi and I also missed out on thanking you in my below comment as well, so sorry! I have loved your site and you for the conscientiousness and care you put into keeping everything on it [and us] updated! I have revised it a number of times. Again, I just truly want to thank you so much for everything you do! Thanks so much for the kind words. You can also charge your phone while walking the baby. It also lets you chart breastfeeding and bottle feeding, as well as how your baby compares to other babies of similar age and gender.

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Keeps milk or formula at just the right temperature. It comes with three apps: This programmable baby bouncer is designed to move in ways that will remind your baby of the way you sway and bounce while carrying her or him.

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